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Five scholarships worth $5,000 each available for ag students

Students who are taking, or about to start, an agricultural bachelor degree program at one of five Canadian universities can apply for a $5,000 scholarship from Bayer CropScience. There are five scholarships available — one each at the universities of Alberta, Lethbridge, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Guelph. The Bayer CropScience Scholarship for Future Leaders in Agriculture […] Read more



Bayer sizing up deals to strengthen seeds operation

Leverkusen, Germany | Reuters — Bayer’s Crop Science business is casting its eye over potential targets to enhance its seeds operation, the division’s head said on Thursday, as competitive threats increase with big mergers among its rivals. The Bayer CropScience operation comprises the world’s second-largest pesticides supplier but remains a much smaller player in seeds, […] Read more

Ag chem division not for sale, Bayer says

Frankfurt | Reuters — German drugs and pesticide maker Bayer on Wednesday reaffirmed it would hold on to its crop chemicals business as talk of consolidation in the industry continued. Asked for a comment on remarks by Monsanto executives that the U.S. seeds giant was in internal discussions about tie-ups in the industry, a Bayer […] Read more


Bayer expects to compensate grape growers over crop damage

Zurich | Reuters — Bayer expects to pay wine growers compensation starting early next year after vineyards in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and Switzerland reported 2015 crop damage possibly linked to one of the company’s fungicides. European grape growers reported deformed leaves and lower yields after using Bayer CropScience’s Moon Privilege, also known as […] Read more

Youth Ag-Summit: Mentoring future farmers

Grainews’ Lisa Guenther spoke to organizers at this week’s Youth Ag-Summit in Canberra, Australia about why mentoring future farmers is important — and what they expect the summit’s youth delegates to take away from the event.


Youth Ag-Summit: Two to represent at UN meeting

Two delegates from the 2015 Youth Ag-Summit will be jetting to Rome in October to take part in a meeting of the United Nations’ Committee on World Food Security. Australia’s Laura Grubb and Kenya’s Samba Ouma were selected from 80 nominees. Ouma and Grubb are now charged with presenting the Canberra Youth Ag Declaration — […] Read more

YOUTH AG-SUMMIT: Food challenges in focus

Feeding the nine billion-plus people expected to be living on our planet by 2050, from a land base that’s not expected to get any bigger, is the question posed to young “thought leaders” at this year’s Youth Ag-Summit. Grainews and Country Guide field editor Lisa Guenther is in Canberra this week for the event, hosted […] Read more


This poster on bee health is one of several on offer at the Bees Matter website.

Ag groups launch bee initiative

Bees Matter is offering free seeds for pollinator-friendly gardens — and information on bees

A new program called Buzzing Gardens is offering Canadians free seeds to plant pollinator-friendly gardens. The program is an initiative of Bees Matter, a group consisting of chemical and agricultural groups including CropLife Canada, Bayer CropScience, Syngenta, the Canola Council of Canada, the Canadian Seed Trade Association, and the Canadian Honey Council. “The agricultural community […] Read more

A lawsuit isn’t the best way to deal with issues such as the neonic controversy, says Kevin Nixon, an Innisfail beekeeper and vice-chair of the Canadian Honey Council.

Alberta beekeepers oppose Ontario neonic lawsuit

Beekeepers here are speaking out against lawsuit, saying it’s better to work with chemical companies

Alberta beekeepers are taking a stand and speaking out against a lawsuit filed by their Ontario counterparts against the makers of the controversial neonic pesticide. “We’re not being impacted by neonics. If we are, it’s very subtly,” said Grant Hicks, president of the Alberta Beekeepers Commission. “We’re not seeing any damage to our hives.” While […] Read more